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Pra Somdej 5 Chan Kru Chalermpragiet
Pra Somdej 5 Chan Kru Chalermpragiet
Amulet Ref : BA3019
Monk : Luang Phor Kes
Status : AVAILABLE
Temple : Wat Chalermpragiat
Year : BE 2405
Price : $ 195.00
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Pra Somdej 5 Chan, Kru Wat Chalermpragiat  - A legendry Somdej pim

Pra Somdej Wat Chalermpragiat amulets are really hot property but they are rare and very hard to acquire.

There has been a significant amount of confusion and controversy surrounding these amulets but that scholarly debate does little to detract from the unique beauty and desirability. If you are looking for a special Somdej amulet, trust me, you cannot go far wrong with this pim.

In the early years some experts even claimed that they were not somdej amulets because nothing quite like them had ever been seen before.


 



Public records tell us that Wat Chalermpragiat was built by King Rama III in dedication to HRH Princess Srisulalai, his mother on October 22, B.E.2390.

On March 4th, B.E.2393, Luang Phor Kes or formerly known as Pra Preechachalerm was invited to become first abbot of the temple.

Between the years B.E. 2401-2410, during the reign of King Rama IV, many sacred ceremonies were organized at the temple such as Chaired Buddha Image’s gold-covering ceremony, relic-situation ceremony, sacred-chedi construction ceremony, and so on.

These amulets were created and blessed during that same time frame by Luang Phor Kes, a very senior monk of his era, born BE 2348 and passed away in BE 2429, aged 81.

I think you probably know by now where this is leading, and why the controversy.

The amulets themselves are made primarily  from ground shells and cement, in fact an almost identical component mixture to those created by Somdej Pra Buddhachan Toh Promrangsi, the monk attributed with the creation of the first Somdej amulet.

Initially the only reason that these amulets were disputed as Somdej pims was because of the design of the Buddha image which was totally unique to say the least.


Unique Design

Pra Somdej Wat Chalermpragiat amulets, are in general almost identical in design to those created by Somdej Toh except for one unique and extreme difference. That is the Buddha images were enhanced by the addition of detail such as hair and facial features.

 In fact it is these very details now that make the identification of these amulets particularly easy, as no other Somdej amulet from any other temple were designed in a such a way.


Controversy


The biggest contoversy surrounding these amulets today is inevitably whether Pra Somdej Buddhachan Toh blessed them. Most experts conclude that given the facts that this indeed would be highly probable, but no absolute proof exisits as such.

Whether they were or not it is certainly indisputable that these are highly sacred amulets and unlike other pims that fall into a similar category these amulets are recognised in their own right due to the historical records. As such these amulets can be expensive with prices averaging about 800.00 - 2,000.00 USD.


The facts - What is known

1. They were created at a time that Somdej Toh was himself very active in creating and blessing amulets.

2. Both Somdej Toh and LP Kes were close friends

3. These amulets are made of an almost identical composition to those created by Somdej Toh.

4. Mnay sacred monks were in attendance at the blessing ceremony for these amulets but the exact names opf those present is not known. However as this temple was dedicated to royalty it is very likely that he was indeed present and given his prominance at the time he would have been an important figure.


 



Broken Kru

During the year B.E.2487-2488, thieves entered Wat Chalermpragiat, Nonthaburi Province, where they broke into the sacred chedi containing these Pra somdej pims


Many different designs of pim were contained within the chedi and the example above is Pim 5 chan GropGaew, or Buddha in meditation sitting on five-level base with frame   


Other pims include


-Pim 3 Chan Yant Ha , or Buddha in meditation sitting on three-level base with sacred spell named Yant Ha

-Pim 3 Chan Yunt Ha(5) Niyom (or Pim Popular), Buddha in meditation sitting on three-level base with sacred spell named Yant Ha

-Pim 5 Chan Soom Dok Bua Si Dok, or Buddha in meditation sitting on five-level base surrounded by four lotus

-Pim 5 Chan Soom Krobgaew, or Buddha in meditation sitting on five-level base and surrounded by sacred frame

-Pim 5 Chan Yant Wa, or Buddha in meditation sitting on five-level base with sacred spell named Yant Ha

-Pim 7 Chan Yunt Wa, or Buddha in Meditatiion sitting on seven-level base with sacred spell called “Yant Wa”

-Pim 7 Chan Soom Krobgaew, or Buddha in meditation sitting on seven-level base and surrounded by sacred frame

-Pim Pra Buddhachinarach

-Pim 7 Chan Sair Yid, or Buddha in meditation sitting on seven-level base with sacred special spell

 



It was fortunate that the attempt to steal the contents was foiled by a local policeman. After that event the amulets were secured but a quantity of pims were given to Luang Phor Gaew from Wat Bhoti, Bangkok and another batch given to Wat Buakao, Nonthaburi Province.

Essentially there are three distinct groups.


1. Pra Somdej, Wat Chalermpragiat, amulets retained in the chedi that was damaged by thieves.

2. Pra Somdej, Wat Chalermpragiat, amulets that were given to Luang Phor Gaew

3. Pra Somdej Wat Chalermpragiat, amulets given to worshipers at Wat Buakao, Nontaburi Province, by Luang Phor Preecha, first abbot of the temple.


Generally these Somdej pims are found in three colors, natural white/yellow, natural black/gray and natural red/brown


 

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